Juneau Police Department say a suspicious package found Monday afternoon outside Sayéik: Gastineau Community School did not pose a threat. (Juneau Empire File)

Juneau Police Department say a suspicious package found Monday afternoon outside Sayéik: Gastineau Community School did not pose a threat. (Juneau Empire File)

Police investigate suspicious package at Gastineau Elementary School

The package was determined not a threat

Police say a suspicious package found Monday afternoon outside Sayéik: Gastineau Community School did not pose a threat after the school on Douglas Island was under a short lockdown.

Prior to that announcement, Juneau Police Department stated in a social media post the school was in lockdown and children were released on the side of the building while police investigated the package and JPD’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team responded to evaluate and remove the package.

According to JPD spokesperson Erann Kalwara, the report was made at 2:20 p.m. Monday and several officers responded to close off traffic near the area as a precautionary measure.

In an updated post, JPD stated school activities had resumed to normal operations and the area is open to the public and police determined around 3:30 p.m. that the suspicious package was not a threat and no injuries were reported.

Juneau School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett was not immediately available for comment.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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